My second year of University is coming with many more challenges than first year, as I’ll now be balancing classes, homework, working part-time, and working-out. On top of that I won’t have the luxury of my parents cooking and cleaning for me and will have to fit time in for that as well!
We all live these hectic lives and can all agree that it gets pretty stressful. As someone whose body and mind react very poorly to stress, I know how important it is to take control of that. Health is the number one priority in your life and you are always in control!
Here’s some simple ways to de-stress and relax:
1. Meditation and Yoga: Both will calm and slow your body and mind down. Turn off your appliances and breathe!
2. Take a Walk: For me, walks always ease my mind and make me feel rejuvenated. Rather than riding my bike or taking the bus to and from class or the library, I walk! It may take an extra 5-10 minutes out of my day, but it’s so worth it for my health.
3. Be Mindful: There is no point in worrying and getting stressed out about things that you cannot control. Look at the situation in the perspective of what you can do about it and make decisions that work for you.
4. Drink tea: Whether it’s alone or with friends, the act of sipping a delicious (and healthy!) tea slows the body down and brings you to that moment and that moment only!
5. Get Sleep: This one is tough for students, but will make your life so much easier. 8 hours a night, no excuses.
6. Eat well: Polishing off an entire bag of chips while studying is an extremely easy task, but won’t benefit you at all. Take that extra time to make yourself something healthy and you’ll have the fuel to work hard and finish your homework in half the time.
7. Laugh and Love: It sounds super cheesey, but it’s so important! When I feel a mini-mental breakdown coming on, I immediately text or call my parents. It helps that my mom’s a life coach and can talk me through my stressful situation, but we all have close friends and family that bring us back to feeling the happiness we all deserve.
What’s your favourite way to de-stress?